The Ohio State softball team came into this weekend’s series against the Iowa Hawkeyes looking to turn around their fortunate after losing back-to-back series the previous two weekends. It was also the final 3 home games for seniors Mikayla Endicott, Alicia Herron, Vanessa Spears, and Katie Simonton. Here’s a recap of this weekend’s action.
Game 1 Iowa 2, Ohio State 0
Game one of a Saturday night doubleheader featured an old fashioned pitcher’s duel. Ohio State’s Mikayla Endicott faced off against Iowa’s Kayla Massey. Massey was able to pick up her 13 victory of the by out-dueling Endicott as the Hawkeyes squeeze out a 2-0 victory in a game that only lasted 90 minutes.
Iowa threatened early in the game when Johnnie Dowling lead off the game with a single and was moved over to second on Bradi Wall’s sacrifice bunt. Endicott was able to quickly shut down the early scoring threat with Dowling on second. She was able to get Megan Blank and Katie Keim to pop out in the infield to end the bottom of the first.
Ohio State’s first, and only, scoring chance came in the bottom of the second when freshman Shelby Pickett cracked a one out double to right. This would be the only hit that the Buckeyes would get off of Massey all game. Pickett then moved to third on Megan Coletta’s ground out to the pitcher. Massey then ended the Buckeye threat getting Malaina Saalfield to tap out back to the mound.
Both pitchers cruised into the sixth inning when Iowa was able to break the ice. Dowling lead off the inning with a bunt single and was followed up with a single by Wall. Both runners moved up into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Blank. Dowling scored on Keim’s groundout making it 1-0. Iowa picked up their second run of the inning when Herron dropped a soft liner off the bat of Liz Watkins scoring Wall. That proved to be plenty for Massey as she was able to get Ohio State to go quietly in the sixth and seventh giving the Hawkeyes the opening game win.
Game 2 Iowa 13, Ohio State 5 Read More
The 2012 softball season has been a season of ups and downs for Ohio State. On a team that only has four seniors on the roster, it is something to be expected. The young Lady Bucks have looked to seniors Mikayla Endicott (P), Alicia Herron (SS), Katie Simonton (OF), and Vanessa Spears (OF) for leadership throughout and, for the most part, that’s exactly what they are getting.
The Buckeyes opened up their season in Clermont, FL for the Dot Richardson NTC tournament. Things didn’t start the way Ohio State was hoping but, as with any young team, it was a valuable learning experience. The Bucks started the season 2-4 with the only two victories coming from sophomore pitcher Melanie Nichols. Nichols yielded 7 runs in the two wins but the offense scored her 16 which can definitely help a young pitcher’s confidence. Endicott’s leadership proved valuable as well, by picking up a save in one of the victories.
Following the tournament the Buckeyes were able to rip of 5 straight victories, finally getting some steady play from the offense lead by Herron’s 8 RBI’s during the span. The Bucks managed to outscore their 5 opponents 29-13, made possible by solid pitching efforts from Endicott and Nichols, which included a one hit complete-game shut-out by Endicott over Fresno State.